Swansea Grand Theatre

Just 10 minutes walk from our bed and breakfast

http://www.swansea.gov.uk/grandtheatrewhatson

 

 

Tuesday 23rd January

Vivaldi By Candlelight

 

In period costume, performed by the Locrian Ensemble.

 

Britain's best-loved classical touring ensemble, the Locrian, present a musical tribute to the great Venetian composer, Antonio Vivaldi.

Attired in lavish period costume, performing in front of a stunning

classical set, these charismatic musicians perform Vivaldi's Four Seasons, a composition which depicts 17th century Italian rural life in a wonderfully inventive manner . Other works include the virtuoso Concerto for Two Violins, the Rustic Symphony, and classics such as Pachelbel's Canon, and Handel's Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.

Step back for a while from the hectic pace of our anxious times, into the elegance and grace of the Baroque, whilst listening to harmonies of this great melodic genius weaving his magical spell.

 

"The Locrian were spirited and sensitive, their rapport was excellent, and the result was utter pleasure" The Daily Telegraph

 

Wednesday 24th January

The Best of Queen

 

Flash have been paying homage to the world's most theatrical and dramatic Rock band, Queen, since 2002 and in that time have had a huge impact on audiences across the world.

 

Italian born front man, Claudio Desideri plays a uncannily realistic 'Freddie' with just the right look, stage persona and from an early age has trained and developed a vocal range capable of performing these iconic songs, recreating the magic that made Queen live shows so very special.

Claudio is joined on stage by an enormously talented band, including Nathan Mathers who brings all the electric guitar virtuosity required to play a very convincing Brian May. Their attention to detail is truly impressive and extends to their use of the same equipment used by Queen on stage in their heyday.

For over four decades' millions of fans have been enjoying the music of Queen. The band released a total of 18 number one albums, 18 number one singles and 10 number one DVDs with estimates of their record sales ranging from 150 million to 300 million records.

The Best of Queen show features a selection of the most loved and iconic classics from across Queen's entire back catalogue creating a live stage show which really catches the essence of this most incredible British band.

 

Thursday 25th January

Islands In The Stream

 

Celebrating the Queen & King of country, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers...

Leave your 9 to 5 worries at the door and get ready for a night in the company of Country Music Royalty!

This thigh-slapping stage show brings together the beloved glamour and personality of Dolly, along with Kenny's charisma and energy with hit after hit including: Jolene, Ruby, 9 to 5, Lucille, Here You Come Again, The Gambler, I Will Always Love You, Coward of the Country, plus the smash hit Islands in the Stream.

Enjoy a superb score and supreme musicianship as we bring the house down with the ultimate tribute to two country music legends.

 

***** As seen on Sky TV

***** Featuring Stars in Their Eyes' Kenny Rogers

 

"Sounds just like the real thing" Cross Country Magazine

"Three encores before she left to tremendous applause" Cross Country Magazine

"The show had the audience on its feet by the end, blown away by the quality of the performance" Scunthorpe Telegraph

"The songs sounded great" Ents24

 

Friday 26th January

The ELO Experience - Sensational Tribute to The Electric Light Orchestra

 

Celebrating the great music of Jeff Lynn and The Electric Light Orchestra. The legacy left by Jeff Lynne & The Electric Light Orchestra barely needs any introduction - suffice to say that between 1972 and 1986 they achieved more combined UK and US Top 40 hits than any other band on the planet! '10538 Overture', 'Evil Woman', 'Living Thing', 'Diary of Horace Wimp', Don't Bring me Down' and of course 'Mr Blue Sky' went on to become the soundtrack of our lives.

In 2016 Jeff Lynne's ELO came back to prominence with the release of a brand new album - Alone In The Universe and a UK and World tour. The ELO Experience 2018 tour will included the greatest hits from an extensive and impressive back catalogue spanning over 45 years.

Blending rock rhythms with classical influences, ELO also released many classic albums such as 'A New World Record', 'Discovery' and 'Out of the Blue', and many sell out tours which further established them as one of the most important and influential bands ever.

The ELO Experience are the world's foremost tribute to The Electric Light Orchestra. With a sensational string section, a stunning light show and large screen projection to further enhance the experience, why not come along and enjoy this incredible show which accurately reproduces the songs and sounds and takes you on a magical musical journey through time.

The ELO Experience have been bringing the music of Jeff Lynne and The Electric Light orchestra to the live stage for over 12 years.

'This band shows great style and professionalism. A tribute that's jam-packed with musical talent, the lead singer is a dead-ringer for Lynne and his musical entourage provides an ELO tour de force' Derek Smith, The Stage

 

Saturday 27th January

Matt Edwards Presents 4th

 

A brand new show from the finalist of Britain's Got Talent. Features hilarious comedy, mind blowing magic and a shot of Tequila.

"So funny I nearly wet meself." Ant or Dec

"You should be on T.V." Simon Cowell

 

Tuesday 30th January

Elkie Brooks

 

"Still One Of The Great British Voices" The Guardian.

 

Long before the end of a live show and the frequent standing ovations that accompany it, there comes a point where Elkie does something so amazing that it leaves her audience almost spellbound. It could be a particularly emotional rendition of one of her ballads, a powerhouse blues vocal or one of her trademark impossibly long notes that leaves the audience mesmerised.

Elkie will be performing her biggest hits including "Pearl's A Singer", "Lilac Wine", "Fool (If You think It's Over)", Don't Cry Out Loud" & "No More The Fool" as well as many more featured on her recent hit album "Elkie Brooks - Pearls - The Very Best Of"

 

Wednesday 31st January

A Tribute To Ryan

 

Ryan Davies (1937 - 1977) was arguably Wales' greatest entertainer and was in panto at the Grand between 1972 and 1977.

Come and join his manager Mike Evans in a revealing celebration of Ryan's talents.

 

Thursday 1st February

Puttin' on the Ritz!

 

Since 1969 the Pasadena Roof Orchestra has been faithfully re-creating the glories of popular music from the 1920's and 1930's.

 

The fun-packed show features timeless classics from the great American song book - those wonderful songs that miraculously lifted people's spirits during the depression era, and which made household names of singers such as Bing Crosby, Al Bowlly, and Fred Astaire. The musicians master the arrangements and sound of the fabled American orchestras such as Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson, whilst also paying tribute to the great British dance Bands like Ray Noble or Ambrose.

Presenting the show, and putting on the top hat white tie and tails, is the suave singer and band leader Duncan Galloway. So pack up your troubles, come on get happy, and experience an evening of superlative live music, with more than a dash of wit and humour.

 

Friday 2nd February

Let The Music Play 

 

A celebration of the legend Barry White supported by the Supreme Dreamgirls.

 

Hailing from Atlanta Georgia USA, William Hicks has carved out a career in his own right and is known for being a big man with a big voice perfect to pay tribute to the music of the legend that is Mr Barry White.

 

 

 

Grand Theatre Arts Wings (10mins walk from our B&B) 

 

Wednesday 31st January

Comedy Club

 

Swansea Grand Theatre hosts a regular Comedy Club, featuring some of the best acts on the circuit.

To Join the Comedy Club e-mail list to receive regular updates on Comedy Club and other comedy events happening at Swansea Grand Theatre please send an email stating in the title bar - JOIN COMEDY MAILING LIST to swansea.grandmarketing@swansea.gov.uk

Here are just a Sample of some of the comedian's we have had at the club over the past 10 year's.Jason Manford, Tim Vine, Marcus Brigstock, Rhod Gilbert, Nick Revell, Sarah Millican, Rob Deering, Brendan Burns, Noel James, Tom Rosenthal, Silky, Nick Coppin, Juliet Meyers, Simon Brodkin aka Lee Nelson, Earl Okin, Jon Richardson, Wes Packer, Al Pitcher, Howard Read, Josh Howie, Andrew Lawrence, Alex Horne, Russell Kane, Ian Cognito, Chris Corcoran, Wil Hodson and who remembers Chris Lynam!!! (www.chrislynam.net once seen, never forgotten!)

 

Thursday/Friday 1st & 2nd February

Hitch

 

Fluellen Theatre Company presents a new play about Alfred Hitchcock by Frances Hardy.

 

Alfred Hitchcock was one of the world`s greatest film directors, but behind the mask of genius lurked a troubled man with many demons.

 

7.15pm each evening, Friday mat: 1pm

 

 

Elsewhere in Swansea

 

 

Monday 22nd January

Breathe

Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University

25mins walk or a short drive from our B&B

 

Dir: Andy Serkis

 

UK/USA 2017 1hr 58mins

 

Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville

 

The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. After contracting polio at the age of 28, Robin Cavendish is confined to a bed and given only months to live. With help from his wife Diana and her twin brothers, and the ground-breaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall, Cavendish emerges from the hospital ward and devotes the rest of his life to helping fellow patients and the disabled. Their heart-warming celebration of human possibility marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis.

 

“A respectful tribute to the extraordinary life of a couple that can motivate many with their story and strength.” CINEPREMIERE.COM

 

Tuesday 23rd January

Ingrid Goes West

Taliesin Arts Centre,Swansea University - 25mins walk or a short drive from our guesthouse

 

Dir: Matt Spicer

 

USA 2017 1hr 38mins

 

Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen

 

Following the death of her mother and a series of self-inflicted setbacks, young Ingrid Thorburn escapes a humdrum existence by moving out west to befriend her Instagram obsession, a Los Angeles socialite named Taylor Sloane. After a quick bond is forged between these unlikeliest of buddies, the facade begins to crack in both women’s lives, with comically malicious results.

 

Built around a brilliantly disarming performance from Aubrey Plaza, Ingrid Goes West (winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance) is a savagely hilarious dark comedy that satirises the modern world of social media and proves that being #perfect isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

 

“An appealing mixture of black-hearted comedy and plaintive social satire.” EXPRESS

 

Wednesday 24th January

Call Me By Your Name

Taliesin Arts centre, Swansea University - 25mins walk or a short drive from our bed and breakfast

 

Dir: Luca Guadagnino

 

USA/Italy/Brazil/France 2017 2hrs 12mins

 

Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet

 

English, French, German & Italian with subtitles

 

Call Me By Your Name is a sensual and transcendent tale of first love, based on the acclaimed novel by André Aciman. It’s the summer of 1983, and precocious 17 year old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who’s working as an intern for Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendour of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.

 

“Gorgeous, lyrical story of first love and desire.” Deadline Hollywood

 

Thursday 25th January

In the Absence of Silence

Taliesin Arts centre, Swansea University - 25mins walk or a short drive from our hotel

 

Chickenshed in association with Creu Cymru

 

In the Absence of Silence

 

Five women meet on the beach in a seaside town for a picnic lunch. As the day progresses their friendship and shared experiences reveal devastating truths from the hidden corners of their lives – but through their heartache and pain has come an unbreakable bond of strength, love and hope.

 

In the Absence of Silence is an honest and poignant portrayal of what can all too often be untold stories, and the life-affirming truth of what is possible when the silence is broken. This optimistic and powerful drama is inspired by interviews conducted with women as part of the outreach project, Survivors.

 

'You leave with a feeling of hope'  ENFIELD INDEPENDENT

 

Age recommendation 15+

 

Contains very strong language with themes which some may upsetting

 

Monday 29th January

Happy End

Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University - 25mins walk or a short drive from our B&B

 

Dir: Michael Haneke

 

France 2017 1hr 48mins

 

Jean-Louis Trintignant, Isabelle Huppert, Mathieu Kassovitz, Toby Jones

 

French with subtitles

 

Master auteur Michael Haneke (Amour, The White Ribbon, Hidden) returns with a biting satire on bourgeois family values set in the shadow of the European refugee crisis. Happy End is a piercing dark comedy on the blind preoccupations of a middle-class family oblivious to the human misery unfolding in migrant camps around the port town of Calais, just a few miles from their home. Nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, it bears all the hallmarks of Haneke’s uniquely stark and unsympathetic style.

 

“Vexing, perplexing and brilliant.” The Financial Times

 

“Haneke remains such a master.” Paste Magazine

 

Thursday - Saturday, 1st to 3rd February

Woman of Flowers

Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University - 25mins walk or a short drive from our B&B

 

Theatr Pena present

 

Woman of Flowers

 

by/gan Siôn Eirian

after/gan ddilyn Saunders Lewis

Cyd-Gynhyrchiad Theatr Pena Taliesin Arts Centre Co-Production

 

Blodeuwedd isn’t like other women.

 

Conjured from wild flowers by the wizard Gwydion to be the perfect wife for the warrior prince Llew, nature’s wild waves surge in her blood and when the dark desires woven into her nature are awakened the consequences are bloody for all around her.

 

Theatr Pena return with the Company’s first co-production with Taliesin Arts Centre, a dynamic and visually rich production of a very ancient tale of

betrayal and retribution. Woman of Flowers is a strikingly poetic reimagining of the Mabinogi myth of Blodeuwedd by award-winning Welsh writer Siôn Eirian in which he skilfully combines Saunders Lewis’s Welsh language verse drama of the same name with original material to create a captivating dark fantasy.

 

This is an English language production.

 

Running time approx. 1hr 20mins (no interval)

 

Age guidance 12+

 

An audio description service will be available for the Saturday performance.

 

Saturday 23rd June

The Killers

Liberty Stadium - 10mins drive or a 25mins bus ride from our B&B

 

The Killers are an American rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2001 by members Brandon Flowers (lead vocals, keyboards, bass) and Dave Keuning (lead guitar, backing vocals). Mark Stoermer (bass, rhythm guitar, backing vocals) and Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. (drums, percussion) would complete the current lineup of the band in 2002. The band's name is derived from a logo on the bass drum of a fictitious band, portrayed in the music video for the New Order song "Crystal".

 

The band has released five chart topping studio albums: Hot Fuss (2004), Sam's Town (2006), Day & Age (2008), Battle Born (2012) and Wonderful Wonderful (2017). They have also released a B-sides and rarities compilation, Sawdust (2007); a live album, Live from the Royal Albert Hall (2009); a greatest hits album Direct Hits (2013); and a Christmas compilation Don't Waste Your Wishes (2016).

 

The Killers are seen as one of the biggest rock bands of the 21st century, and the most successful rock band to ever emerge from the state of Nevada, having sold an estimated 22 million records worldwide. They have also achieved worldwide success as a live band, performing in over 50 countries and on six continents, headlining venues such as Madison Square Garden and Wembley Stadium.

 

Saturday 7th July

LITTLE MIX

Liberty Stadium - 10mins drive or a 25mins bus ride from our Bed and breakfast

 

THE LIBERTY STADIUM WILL PLAY HOST TO THE WORLD'S BIGGEST GIRL BAND, LITTLE MIX, IN JULY AS PART OF THEIR ‘SUMMER HITS TOUR 2018'.

The band will visit Swansea on Saturday, July 7.

 

The show will see Little Mix perform their greatest hits, including 'Touch', ‘Shout Out to My Ex’, ‘Black Magic’ and 'Wings'.

 

Little Mix have just released The Platinum Edition of their smash hit album 'Glory Days'. The original version of the album spent five weeks at the top of the UK album chart, surpassing any other album released by a female group this millennium and becoming the longest-reigning girl group No. 1 album since the Spice Girls’ debut 20 years ago.

 

They have continued their sensational run of hit singles in 2017 with smashes such as 'Touch', 'No More Sad Songs', 'Power' and 'Reggaeton Lento (Remix)'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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